My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.

Drax Power Station, 2007. Paul Glazzard / Northeast of Drax / CC BY-SA 2.0

  • Imagining the 2020s. Of course science fiction always tells us more about the time in which it was written. (Free, registration may be required).
  • Stories about the end of the world run through our cultures. Climate crisis is bringing them to life all around us.
  • ‘Colour is always technology’. The strange stories of Vantablack and the world’s pinkest pink. Oh, and Anish Kapoor. From the 99% Invisible podcast (38 minutes). Thanks to Eloisa Castrillo.

“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)